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Santa Fe Approves Resolution Urging Clerks to Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples: VIDEOS


A standing-room-only crowd at Santa Fe's City Council meeting last night erupted in cheers after officials voted 5-3 to support a non-binding resolution supporting marriage equality and encouraging county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

2_santafeThe Santa Fe New Mexican reports:

The Santa Fe Fire Department had to bar the doors before the meeting started, leaving many to watch the proceedings from the hallway. Many in attendance wore red to symbolize their support for marriage equality. Others sported yellow stickers, representing the Equality New Mexico organization, or pink felt hearts that said “All Families Matter.” A smaller group held pictures of the Virgin of Guadalupe or wore stickers that said “Life and Family are Sacred.” No public testimony was permitted before the vote...

...The resolution urges both the attorney general and county clerks to recognize that state law already allows the freedom to marry, regardless of gender, Zamora said.

Peter Ives and Bill Dimas, who abstained, both cited their Catholic faith in comments before the roll call and said they do not believe the council has standing to make a policy on the issue. The third “no” came from Councilor Chris Rivera, who said his vote was partly based on believing in “traditional families with traditional values.”
Councilors Ron Trujillo and Carmichael Dominguez, both members of local Roman Catholic parishes, voted in favor of the resolution.

Watch a video of the vote and news reports, AFTER THE JUMP...

The vote comes after last month's declaration by Mayor David Coss that same-sex marriage is legal in the state, an opinion backed by the City Attorney. At that time, Coss announced that the resolution voted on last night would be introduced.



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  1. Abstentions are NOT "No" votes. The vote is correctly recorded as 5-1 or 5-1-2.

    Posted by: Stephen Stillwell | Apr 25, 2013 8:36:03 AM

  2. Abstentions are NOT "No" votes. The vote is correctly recorded as 5-1 or 5-1-2.

    Posted by: Stephen Stillwell | Apr 25, 2013 8:36:03 AM

  3. Given that Santa Fe started it's current make up from wealthy families in the east sending their gay children there to avoid scandal is long overdue.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Apr 25, 2013 9:01:31 AM

  4. Kind of an overreaction to a non-binding resolution. What are they going to do if marriage is actually approved at the state level?

    Posted by: Merv | Apr 25, 2013 9:19:26 AM

  5. @woodroad34d: And yet there are some, like myself, who actually come from Santa Fe and have had family rooted in the land for generations. I'm very proud of the city, temporary as this situation may be for same-sex couples. Also,I moved from New Mexico to Massachusetts for the same reason you stated some were moved to Santa Fe.

    Posted by: JamesinMA | Apr 25, 2013 11:47:14 AM

  6. @JamesinMA, I had a vacation house in Santa Fe for 10 years and I loved it there (this was before it became so overcrowded and gentrified and when it was really still an artist's haven). I had planned on retiring there at some point, but it's just so overcrowded now with SUVs and big Texas Cadillacs that I couldn't take it any more.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Apr 25, 2013 12:33:58 PM

  7. Congratulations, Santa Fe!

    Posted by: MuscleModelBlog.com | Apr 25, 2013 12:41:49 PM

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